Tower Gift is a Testament To Long-Term Investment in CHOC

annual-report-2013-bill-holmes-giftBill Holmes’ history-making $27 million gift to CHOC Children’s represents his commitment to ensuring the health and well-being of children in Orange County and beyond.  This extraordinary gift allows CHOC to progress on its journey to becoming the leading destination for children’s health by providing exceptional and innovative care.

The opening of the new seven-story Bill Holmes Tower—colorful and dramatic, a beacon of hope in the heart of Orange County—marks a pivotal moment in CHOC’s proud and eventful history.

Highlights of the new Bill Holmes Tower:

  • The tower has tripled the size of our inpatient care facility in Orange.
  • It contains the region’s only dedicated pediatric emergency department, operating rooms, imaging department and laboratory.
  • New technology and additional resources, as well as world-class talent and research capabilities, combine to make for the best in clinical care, research and education.
  • Safety is built into the tower. Every patient room and operating room is designed as “same handed” with supplies and equipment located in exactly the same places to minimize the potential for human error.
  • An array of interior spaces utilizes light, color and spacious design to help lift spirits and and contribute to a soothing atmosphere that is conducive to healing.
  • Our doctors, nurses and staff employ the latest technology, along with standardized, integrated processes, to deliver the best in pediatric care.

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CHOC Operating Rooms Integrate Tech for Better Outcomes

iSuite by Stryker

In the operating room of CHOC Children’s new Bill Holmes Tower, technology helps equipment work together to ensure the best outcomes for young patients.

Using the technology integration system iSuite by Stryker, CHOC is the first children’s hospital in the region to have a fully integrated operating room.  With more than 1,000 presets for individual doctors or disciplines, the system can also control the ambient lights, laproscopic camera and music.

The system anchors all camera and monitoring equipment to a boom overhead.  This eliminates the need for carts and cords, and frees staff to move with less risk of tripping.  The cameras give surgeons a better look at the operating field thanks to a variety of angle possibilities and zoom features.  These images can then be broadcasted on large, high-definition monitors placed inside the operating room.

From the system’s hub, a nurse can control the technology using a touch screen that is akin to an iPad.  The software is easy to use and similar to that of a desktop computer.

Stryker’s Connect Suite Video Conference System allows CHOC surgeons to connect with other experts outside the operating room.  This technology allows experts to give advice, direction and guidance without entering the sterile operating room.  The system can also connect from the operating room to a conference room, or even off site completely.

CHOC is the third facility in the nation – and the only in California – to have Stryker’s media management system, Studio 3.  This system collects still photographs and videos taken during surgery and automatically sends them to a patient’s file.  Doctors can more easily document their cases and follow a patient’s progress over time.  Physicians can use an iPad to show a patient’s family the video and still images captured from surgery.

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CHOC and Disney Celebrate It’s a Small World

In partnership with Disneyland Resort and CHOC Children’s, Sylvania helped brighten the holidays for a special little girl named Adela and her family. Adela Jauregui, 8, a patient at CHOC Children’s, along with some Disney friends, helped light up the It’s a Small World ride at the Disneyland Resort to celebrate the start of the holiday season.

Bailey is our champion, that’s for sure.

Bailey Spoonhower, 9, was treated at CHOC for, and beat, a rare type of cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma. He had some advice for kids that feel nervous about coming to the hospital.

Children’s Miracle Network and Walmart have named Bailey the Champion for California. To read more about our efforts with Children’s Miracle Network, click here.